Development Coordinator

Darien< CT
Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, April 30, 2024
Employment Type: 

Part-Time Development Coordinator

Darien Library seeks a mission-focused, self-motivated, and highly organized professional to serve as our part-time Development Coordinator. This individual will have experience in setting and executing an annual fundraising and development plan, identifying and developing prospective private and corporate donors, creating and managing fundraising events, and maintaining and generating reports from the donor database. The Development Coordinator will work closely with the Library Director, the Board of Trustees, and the administrative staff in all aspects of annual fundraising for Darien Library.


The Development Coordinator will generally work 20-29 hours per week, with additional hours required during special events and other high-priority times as approved by the Library Director.

Salary: $50/hour, commensurate with experience.

Main Duties & Responsibilities

  • Annual Fund Campaign & Annual Fundraising Events
    • Set and manage the timeline of Annual Fund activities, including annual appeal letters, reminders, and other regular communication to donors.
    • Plan, manage, and execute all major fundraising events including the Novel Tea Luncheon (typically held in the Fall), Mini Golf at the Library (typically held over a weekend in February), and 1894 Day (Annual Day of Giving held the third Wednesday in May). Additionally, assist the Library Director with planning the Annual Meeting (typically held in September).


  • Administration and Data Management
    • Maintain donor database to accurately track and report on all fundraising efforts and donor engagement.
    • Maintain and update online donation information, including the donation section of the Library’s website.
    • Collaborate closely with members of the administrative team, the marketing & publicity coordinator, and the Board Development Committee on event planning, Annual Fund, and the production of the Annual Report.
    • Work closely with Library Director and finance staff to ensure accurate translation between fundraising and financial functions.
    • Liaise, as necessary, with co-chairs of the Library’s Capital Campaign Committee to ensure healthy and efficient communication and coordination.


  • Development
    • Help set and deliver on annual fundraising targets.
    • Identify and assist in fostering relationships with top-priority individual donors.
    • Ensure that robust identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship practices are in place to enable the continued growth of funding from individual, corporate, and foundation donor partners.


  • Communication & Marketing
    • Oversee all fundraising communications, ensuring clear, compelling, and consistent internal and external messaging.
    • Oversee media relations for fundraising events and initiatives, including writing press releases, letters to the editor, and social media content.
    • Work closely with the Library Director and administrative team on the content and production of the Annual Report.
    • Regularly engage with and leverage benefit from the Board Development Committee.



  • At least 3 years of prior experience in development and fundraising, with a deep knowledge of fundraising best practices, including compliance and reporting, donor cultivation, solicitation and stewardship cycles, and systems for information and performance tracking.
  • Highly organized, with the ability to prioritize and execute responsibilities in the face of competing demands.
  • Exceptional interpersonal, analytical, and organizational skills, with the capability of developing effective and collegial relationships with donors, peers, senior leaders, and Board Members.
  • Proficiency and experience using a fundraising database, ideally with Raiser’s Edge/Blackbaud, along with proficiency using Microsoft Excel and online payment tools such as Square.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, with experience creating top-quality development collateral.
  • Sound judgment in maintaining strict confidentiality of donor information.
  • Willingness and desire to attend occasional evening and/or weekend programming activities in order to cultivate and steward key donors and prospects.
  • Knowledge of Fairfield County, specifically the Darien community, is highly desired.
  • A collaborative, flexible style, with a learning orientation and a team approach.


Contact Information

To apply, please email your cover letter and resume to Bree Marsden, Human Resources Manager, at Please make your subject line Development Coordinator.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The Darien Library observes and promotes a policy of equal employment opportunity for all. This means that the Darien Library recruits, hires, trains, and promotes all persons without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, marital status, political belief, physical disability or any other improper or illegal criteria. All employment decisions are based on legitimate employment-related criteria such as, skills, abilities, attitude and contribution to the Darien Library so as to further the principle of equal employment opportunity.